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Encyclopedia > William P. Driscoll

William "Irish" Driscoll served as a Navy Radar Intercept Officer who together with pilot Randall "Duke" Cunningham, were the US Navy's only two aces during the Vietnam War flying F-4 Phantom II jets off the USS Constellation in Squadron VF-96, The Fighting Falcons. The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... The Vietnam War or Second Indochina War (Vietnamese Chiến Tranh Chống Mỹ Cứu Nước, War Against the Americans to Save the Nation) was a conflict between the [National Front for the Liberation of Vietnam|National Liberation Front]] (NLF, or Viet Cong), which was allied with the... USS Constellation (CV-64), a Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the new constellation of stars on the flag of the United States. ...


Their third, fourth and fifth kills occured during a single day, May 10 1972. Having bombed their intended ground target, Cunningham and Driscoll became engaged with North Vietnamese MiGs. After shooting down two MiG-17s, they became seperated from the other aircraft in their strike package.


The Cunningham and Driscoll headed for the coast where they spotted a lone North Vietnamese MiG-17. This final engagement was to become one of the most celebrated aerial dogfights in the history of aviation.


Driscoll later became an instructor at the Navy's Fighter Weapons School at NAS Miramar, in San Diego, California. He later resigned from the Navy, though he continues to serve as a consultant. San Diego County in the Southwest corner of California. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ...


 
 

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